SPECIAL EVENTS IN MAY
MAY IS OLDER AMERICANS MONTH: Come celebrate with our events!
CANNED FOOD DRIVE FOR ROWAN HELPING MINISTRIES: In acknowledgement of Older Americans Month, those attending the Senior Center or Lunch Club sites during May are asked to bring canned goods to benefit the Rowan Helping Ministries Food Pantry.
GUITAR LESSONS: Three new classes begin Monday, May 2. Absolute Beginner Guitar will meet at 1:00pm, Beginner Guitar at 2:15pm, and Intermediate Guitar at 3:30pm. Learn or re-learn to play the guitar with instructor Bob Wingate. Bring your own guitar. The cost for either eight- week course is $35 payable to the instructor on the first day of class. New members should bring a $10 material fee. For questions call Bob at 704-640-0279. To register call 704-216-7714.
MIND AEROBICS ART CLASS: An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-4pm. $10 per session payable to the instructor.
PARKINSON'S DANCE CLASS: Tuesday, May 3 at 9:30am. Wake Forest Associate Professor of Dance Christina Soriano will be leading a dance class she designed specifically for those with Parkinson's Disease. However, everyone is welcome! As we age, our balance sometimes feels compromised and the ability to multi-task can become a challenging. This unique movement class will challenge participants to spontaneously create (and sometimes, repeat) movement material based on a series of cues or prompts that are presented to the group. Often taking our cues from visual images, rhythmic sensibility, the breath, and music, various movement questions will be presented with the expectation that there are always several ways for each participant to respond. The dance class, IMPROVment, emphasizes physical and mental fitness. This class will encourage problem solving tactics through movement and at the same time, be a lot of fun!
MATTER OF BALANCE: Begins Tuesday, May 3 at 1:00pm. Matter of Balance is an educational exercise class for adults who have had a fall or are worried about falling. Caregivers are encouraged and welcome to join. The class format is part lecture and exercise. Classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-3:00pm, for four consecutive weeks at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Register at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714. Registration is required and space is limited. You are not required to be enrolled with the Center. There is no fee for this class. Voluntary contributions are accepted.
HANDMADE ALL OCCASION CARD WORKSHOP: Tuesday, May 3 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade all occasion cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Wednesday, May 4 from 9:30-10:30am. Free blood pressure readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball. A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.
LEARN TO CROCHET CLASSES: Begins Wednesday, May 4. This class meets every Wednesday, for four weeks, from 9:00am - 10:30am through June 1 (skipping May 25th). Learn how to crochet from making the first loop to making beautiful gifts and/or items for you. Each week we will be learning new stitches, how to read patterns and working on projects. To start, bring a size H, I or J crochet hook and Sugar and Spice cotton yarn (small or large size, any color). Supplies can be found at Walmart or Hobby Lobby. The cost for this class is $6 per class or $20 for the series. Cost includes copies of patterns to take home each week. Space is limited. To register for this class call the Front Desk at 704-216-7714.
"I-85 LUNCHEON": Wednesday, May 4 at 11:30am. In recognition of Older Americans Month, the Center will host its 12th Annual Luncheon to honor members of the community who are age 85+. Sponsored by Carillon Assisted Living, special entertainment will be provided. Free and open to those 85 and older making advance reservations. Call 704-216-7714 for more information.
COUPONING CLASS: Thursday, May 5 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.Join Jenny Martin, owner of Southernsavers.com, a free online resource that helps consumers save the most money possible on grocery and personal care items, for an Extreme Couponing 101 Workshop. This workshop teaches consumers how to effectively use coupons to drastically cut expenses. The workshop fee is $10 per person. To register call 704-216-7714.
MOTHER'S DAY TEA PARTY: Monday, May 9 at 4:00pm. Join us for a delightful afternoon tea party. You are encouraged to bring your own tea cup and to wear your favorite hat. This is an intergenerational event where you are encouraged to invite your daughters, granddaughters, and friends to join us. The event is free but pre-registration is required. To register contact the Front Desk at 704-216-7714. Sponsored by Twining's Tea & Carillon Assisted Living of Salisbury.
BUS TRIP MEETING: Tuesday, May 10 at 11:00am. Please join us for a meeting to discuss ideas for future trips with Rufty-Holmes. We want to take trips to destinations you want to visit, and we would like your input on destinations and travel options. Please assist us in planning our future trips. We will also be talking about some of the upcoming trips already planned for this year.
HEALTH AND FITNESS CLUB MEETING: Will not have a regularly scheduled meeting this month. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy "National Senior Health and Fitness Day" event held on Thursday, May 26.
WALK-ABOUTS CLUB ACTIVITIES: Thursday, May 12 at 1:00pm. The Walk-About Club will be hosting a member cookout at the Rothrock Picnic Shelter at Rufty-Holmes. There will be hot dogs and hamburgers, with attendees asked to bring side items. There will also be outdoor games. All former, current and prospective members are welcome! To register contact the Front Desk at 704-216-7714.
"SERVICE TO SENIORS" AWARDS LUNCHEON: Friday, May 13 at noon. Hosted by the Rowan County Council on Aging with sponsorship from Park Sterling Bank and Oak Park Retirement Center. Several individuals, organizations, and businesses will be honored for exemplary service to older adults in our community. The luncheon is open to the public. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required by calling 704-216-7714 by May 9.
DIETARY RECOMMENDATIONS SEMINAR: Monday May 16 at 3:00pm Dietician Katrina Weavil from Novant Health will be presenting information and basic tips on food label reading, planning a balanced meal, and smart grocery shopping. To register contact the Front Desk at 704-216-7714.
AARP DRIVER SAFETY CLASS: Wednesday, May 18 beginning at 12:30 pm at the Senior Center. A four-hour class sponsored by AARP for older drivers interested in refining existing driving skills and developing defensive driving techniques. Insurance discounts are available for those completing the course. Cost is $20 for AARP members, and $25 for non-members, payable upon arrival for class. Space is limited, so you must pre-register by calling 704-216-7714.
NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS: Thursday May 19 at 6:00pm at Hurley Park.Do you love nature? Would you like to learn ways to better capture the great outdoors with you camera? Then join Kim Lance to learn more about composition, aperture, shutter speed and lighting in natural settings. We will meet at Hurley Park at the gazebo and discover the beauty of the area. Bring your camera and a tripod if you prefer. Kim Lance is a self-taught photographer that specializes in nature photography. You can see examples of her work on the Facebook page, Aperture of the Soul. Cost is $10 per person. Space is limited, so you must pre-register by calling the Front Desk at 704-216-7714.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB TRIP TO BAKER'S MOUNTAIN: Friday, May 20. Meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 8:00am to carpool to Baker's Mountain to hike the Loop Trail. Bring water, a snack, and $4 to pay the car pool driver. Dress appropriately for the weather. Participation is at your own risk. New participants will need to complete an information survey at the Front Desk. In case of inclement weather, call the Center, as the outing may be postponed. To register for this activity call 704-216-7714.
WATERCOLOR JAM: Wednesday, May 25 from 1:00-4:00pm. This is an open session for all watercolor painters to work on art creations. There is no instructor. Each artist must be responsible for his or her own supplies and for cleaning up afterwards. No registration is necessary.
BRAIN GAMES: In lieu of a brain games class this month there will be a trivia question posted on Wednesday May 25th at 8:00am on the bulletin board next to the Rufty-Holmes Café. You will have until 5:00pm to submit your answer. All correct answers will be entered into a drawing, with the winner announced at the Health and Fitness Fair on Thursday May 26th.
GENTLE BEGINNER EXERCISE: Wednesday, May 25 at 2:00pm. This introductory exercise class will begin in conjunction with National Senior Health and Fitness Day. It is a great time to come to the Center and start with an exercise program. The class will be held for five consecutive Wednesdays. If you haven't been exercising recently, or have been meaning to start exercising again, then this forty-five minute class is for you. The class will be led by Angela Hendrix, Fitness Trainer. There is no charge for the class, but voluntary contributions are accepted. Please stop by the Front Desk to fill out necessary fitness paperwork in advance.
MOVIE OF THE MONTH: Wednesday, May 25 at 2:00pm. This month feature is "Joy." After ten years of trying to mass-market the revolutionary floor mop she had invented, housewife Joy Mangano strikes gold with a personal pitch on QVC that turns her Miracle Mop into an overnight marketing success. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Bradley Cooper. Rated PG-13. Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management for interested older adults. Shown on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. Free. (Motion picture license # 12137390).
NATIONAL SENIOR HEALTH AND FITNESS FAIR: Thursday, May 26 from 11:00am-1:00 pm. Come to a fitness fair in honor of Senior Health and Fitness Day. You will have an opportunity to speak with several different companies about concerns or questions that affect seniors and their health. Blood pressure screenings, chair massages, medicine review, hearing screenings, and more. Class demonstrations of Gentle Yoga, Gentle Beginner Exercise, and Tai Chi will be available. For those planning to participate in demonstration classes, please plan to wear comfortable clothing and supportive shoes. Also join us at 1:00pm and play a round of seated chair volleyball in the Fitness Annex.
CARING FOR CAREGIVERS ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP: Thursday, May 26 at 5:30pm. The monthly meeting features a light meal with an expert speaker in the Alzheimer's arena who will discuss specific topics and answer questions. There is also an opportunity for roundtable discussions of caregiver needs. Affiliated with the Western NC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, the support group is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care, Carillon Assisted Living, Lutheran Senior Services, and Magnolia Gardens Extended Care Community. For additional information contact Teresa Dakins at 704-788-3399.
NEW COMPUTER CLASSES: Please pre-register at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714. Class participants may bring their own laptop or use one provided by Rufty-Holmes. Please indicate your choice when registering. Participants must be enrolled with Rufty-Holmes Senior Center.
iPad Class: Thursday May 12 from 5:00-8:00pm. We will work with your iPad in learning basic operations, including downloading apps and tricks/hints to making use easier. You will need to know your passwords to your iPad and app store. Class fee is $10.
Android Tablets:Friday May 13 from 1:00-4:00pm. This class will allow you to become more comfortable using your Android-style tablet. In order to download apps, be sure you know any passwords already in use on your tablet. Class fee is $10.
ON-GOING EXERCISE CLASSES: Join one of 27 different land or aquatics exercise classes offered weekly at the Center. Participants must be registered with the Center and receive a fitness consultation prior to joining a class. There is no charge for participants who hold valid SilverSeakers® or Silver&Fit® supplemental insurance benefit.
CHAIR MASSAGES: Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center on Mondays by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT. Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-213-6059.
Enjoy BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50, sponsored by Beltone Hearing Aid Centers.
Members are invited to enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments.
Senior Games Shuffleboard will be held on Friday, May 6 from 8:30am - 11:30am.
Chair Volleyball is held in the Fitness Annex every Wednesday and Friday at 1:00pm.
The Center and all Lunch Club sites will be closed on Monday, May 30 for the Memorial Day Holiday.
CLUB MEETINGS THIS MONTH:
TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am except May 30
Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am
Creative Needles - Each Wednesday at 9:30am
R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am
Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm
Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm
Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, May 2 at 8:30am
Ambassadors Club - Monday, May 2 at noon
Busy Bees Crafts Club - Thursday, May 5 at 9:30am
Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, May 5 at 10:00am
AARP Chapter - Thursday, May 5 at 1:00pm
Military Officers Association - Monday, May 9 at noon
Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, May 9 at 2:00pm
Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, May 11 at 2:00pm
Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, May 12 at 9:00am
Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, May 12 at 6:30pm
National Active & Retired Fed Employees - Mon, May 16 at 1:00pm
Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, May 17 at noon
S-R Retired School Personnel Assoc - Wed, May 18 at 10:30am
Sunny Days Quilters - Thursday, May 19 at 1:00pm
Carolina Artists - Thursday, May 19 at 7:00pm
Veterans Coffee - Wednesday, May 25 at 8:30am
LUNCH CLUBS: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.
BROADCAST BINGO: Available through the Center's Outreach Program for Rowan County older adults age 60 and older. Win prizes from sponsors by listening daily to Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7723 to enroll and for more information. Free.
LISTEN TO "SENIOR MOMENTS" DAILY MONDAY-FRIDAY AT 6:25am & 10:25am ON MEMORIES 1280 WSAT RADIO.
APPOINTMENTS FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE: Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc). The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging. For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aid office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.
APPOINTMENTS FOR OMBUDSMAN ASSISTANCE: Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, is available to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment.
ASSISTANCE WITH HEARING NEEDS: For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Schedule an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.
"ARE YOU OK?" SERVICE: Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.
INSURANCE INFORMATION PROGRAM ASSISTANCE: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7703 for more information.
GOLD CARDS: Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID.
GENERAL INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE: Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults. If you have a need, call the Center's Information & Assistance Program at 704-216-7700.
NEED A RIDE TO THE SENIOR CENTER? THE CITY BUS SERVES THE SENIOR CENTER HOURLY (AT APPROXIMATELY 5 MINUTES PAST THE HOUR) MONDAY - FRIDAY ON ROUTE # 1. FOR INFORMATION CALL 704-638-5252.
COUNTY RESIDENTS AGE 60 AND OLDER CAN QUALIFY FOR TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE TO THE CENTER AT 704-216-8888.
SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE FOR ANY LOCAL OLDER ADULT WHO NEEDS HELP WITH PROGRAM FEES FOR CLASSES OR ACTIVITIES. NO ONE IS REFUSED PARTICIPATION BASED ON AN INABILITY TO PAY PROGRAM FEES. SUPPORT FOR PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS IS PROVIDED BY THE BLANCHE & JULIAN ROBERTSON FAMILY FOUNDATION AND THE FIRST UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. CONTACT ANY STAFF MEMBER FOR INFORMATION.
WANT TO PROVIDE A SPECIAL HOLIDAY, BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY OR THANK YOU GIFT FOR THAT OLDER ADULT WHO ALREADY HAS EVERYTHING? STOP BY THE SENIOR CENTER OFFICE TO PURCHASE A DISCOUNT COUPON FOR A CLASS OR ACTIVITY OFFERED AT RUFTY-HOLMES.